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Mr. Beriker

John Beriker

Executive Chef, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

John Beriker is the executive chef at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa directing the food and beverage programs at each of the hotel's four restaurants including Duane's Prime Steaks and Seafood, The Mission Inn Restaurant, Las Campanas, and Bella Trattoria, as well as catering for banquets, weddings, meetings and events, and in-room dining for the 238-room boutique hotel. He aims to further enhance guests' dining experiences from preparation to plate, sourcing the most fresh and interesting ingredients and produce found at California farms. Each dish reflects elevated techniques, drawing upon practices developed over his 25 years of experience working for acclaimed restaurants and hotels around the world. Under the guidance of renowned chefs Wolfgang Puck and Jean-Marie Josselin, Mr. Beriker rose to success from humble beginnings as a line chef at a 5-star restaurant within a 260-room hotel in New Jersey to developing a well-recognized fusion of classical French and modern California cuisine. Mr. Beriker spent time at famed restaurants including Spago before owning and operating his own restaurants, Rustica in Beverly Hills and B Restaurant & Bar in Idaho. The seasoned chef has received critical acclaim while serving as executive chef at notable restaurants across the world, including “Best Restaurant of the Year” in Singapore by the Ministry of Tourism in addition to “Best New Chef of the Year” in Hamburg, Germany by the French Restaurant Guide Gault Millau. Following his international residency, Mr. Beriker joined The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, where he penned “The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Cookbook” featuring signature recipes celebrated at the boutique hotel. Since then, he managed the culinary program of the busiest and largest Hyatt Regency in Texas, an 800-room property.

Please visit http://www.missioninn.com for more information.

Mr. Beriker can be contacted at 951-784-0300 or john@beriker.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.